Fat Canary

4.9
3228 reviews
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Contemporary American
This high-energy bistro took over as Williamsburg's best restaurant as soon as it opened in 2003. The sophisticated but relaxed dining room has an open kitchen, which uses fresh, local ingredients for its creative American fare. The dining bar and seasonal outdoor patio seating are on a first come basis. Reservations for the dining room are recommended and may be made up to 2 months in advance. Open daily for dinner, a hostess is available during the day to take reservations.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The team helped me execute an anniversary dinner for my parents flawlessly!! Highly recommend the food, service & experience!

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MF
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always stellar! Have they ever had a bad night in 16 years? I haven’t heard of it. Superb in every way!

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CF
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious! The scallops were perfectly cooked and they were aplenty! The accompanying couscous was fluffy and delicious. The rock fish special was also delicious. The service was excellent.

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HD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - perfect for date night. Food was among the best we've had.

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BO
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my son's 21st birthday and the food was amazing and the service A+. The meal was expensive but worth it in the end. Would totally return to Fat Canary!

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LH
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Neil, our waiter also outstanding, very courteous and informative.

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T
Key West
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience with a party of six which is never easy. Wonderful food, pace of service, and beverage options.

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VA
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved coming to the Fat Canary last weekend to celebrate our anniversary. Everything about the experience was amazing. I had the salmon, which was the best salmon I’ve ever had and I’ve been told I’m a fish snob because I grew up in Florida and then Charleston, SC. It was delicious. The wine selection is equally as amazing, our waiter was excellent- never rushing us, but also always checking in to see if we need anything. We definitely will be making another visit when we come back to Williamsburg.

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LP
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant!

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EW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, lovely dining room. Our only complaint is that we couldn't hear each other!

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is amazing! I had the pork chop (2" thick!), cooked to perfection with an out of this world goat cheese souffle and perfectly seasoned cooked apples. Perfecto!

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b
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed Fat Canary two years ago and went back recently and loved it even more! I decided to go outside of my comfort level and had the rabbit appetizer with mushrooms and leeks in a sauce. My spouse had the Crispy Rappahannock Oysters. Both were excellent starters.
Next was the free range guinea fowl which had a nice crispy skin. Very good also. My spouse had the fish special over jasmine rice with curry sauce and Carolina shrimp. We cleaned our plates.
I usually stick to mainstays of beef and seafood and it was worthwhile to switch up to the rabbit and guinea this trip. In fact, everything on the menu was appealing. W will definitely go back again next time we are in town. This also seems to be the choice place for locals as I asked and most of the folks eating at the bar were regulars. A decent selection of nice wines were also available.
Make a reservation well in advance! The dining area is relatively small and the place was packed the entire time we were there.

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LL
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fat Canary made for a wonderful evening and birthday celebration! Great food and service.

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TA
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way! I love the mozzarella caprese appetizer, the soup, drinks, entrees. Everything was phenomenal.

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TS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner as always! From the perfect cocktails to the desert, this restaurant is always amazing! The food, the ambiance, and the entire staff/team - it's five stars across the board and they never waver.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always love coming to Fat Canary - such a treat! We had the oyster soup, pork chop, rockfish (special) and the blueberry madeleines for dessert. Everything was delicious. I only wish I knew that the rockfish was going to be a little spicy, but the taste was great. Service was a little slow, but it was very busy and he was very nice.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I were celebrating a baby and the restaurant made a custom menu for my wife. She loved it! Great food and amazing customer service!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another exceptional dining experience! One of Williamsburg’s best!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had read and heard so much greatness about the Fat Canary that we didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to experience ourselves. The food was exquisite, delicious and superbly prepared, the service top notch, and the beautifully designed venue very comfortable! Magnificent, Chef Powers and staff!

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TS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the king salmon dish with capers. Quite crowded for a Tuesday night, so it must be good,
and it was.

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always, but noisy. Menu excellent, food quality surperb, service exceptional, a delightful experience.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fat Canary never disappoints! Great meal!

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RV
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the Fat Canary and that won’t happen again. My husband and I met my parents and aunt there to celebrate my birthday. Our server, William, was knowledgeable and attentive. The cocktails were very good and the wine list provided ample choices. I was impressed that they decanted the red wine in time for it to breathe prior to serving it with dinner. Our food choices ranged from beef to pork to salmon. All were prepared as ordered and tasted delicious. The salmon was some of the best I have had. We usually don’t get dessert, but treated ourselves because it was my birthday. Those were delicious as well. The noise level enabled us to have a conversation without raising our voices and the portions were such that we left feeling satisfied, but not stuffed, nor did we require a take home bag. The Fat Canary definitely elevates dining in Colonial Williamsburg and offers an nice alternative to the colonial taverns.

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L
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu, great food, and fantastic staff. It checks all the boxes for a superior dining experience.

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R
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always one that we dine at when we visit Williamsburg. Everything is always great.

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RC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and super food - we always love the Fat Canary!!

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous and perfect for a special celebration.
The noise level is a bit too festive but expected and it was definitely worth choosing Fat Canary. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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PR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a very nice place. Would definitely recommend to others.

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the area (merchant square) where the restaurant is located. Parking is a little tricky but once you find a place, everything is within walking distance. Very friendly hostess greeted us, sat us right away (we had reservations) and we were greeted by our waiter immediately. Very friendly waiter! Ordered the blood orange martini and my fiancé ordered one of the mules. Both very good! Started with the lobster fettuccine appetizer, delicious. The bread we had on the table was also very good. Crispy crust and warm in the middle. Our meals were equally as delicious and we even opted for the dessert. We had one of the dessert specials and one of their house desserts. From beginning to end, we had an amazing time celebrating our engagement. The restaurant called me ahead of time to confirm our reservation and asked if we were celebrating anything. They added our names on the top of a menu when we arrived and we were able to take it home with us! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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A
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious meal and an amazing cocktail - top quality

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent meal. The staff was extremely nice and accommodating for my special anniversary occasion.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Occasion was our 54th wedding anniversary. The experience was as expected, outstanding in every way. Our dinner couldn’t have been better! Perfectly prepared, perfectly served, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Our server William, catered to our every whim and helped to make our 54th a truly memorable experience. A signed menu by all the staff was the icing on the evening. If you haven’t been to the Fat Canary put it on your bucket list!

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OT
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem of a restaurant. Service, food, atmosphere and value all spot on. By value I don't mean inexpensive; just that you got what you paid for. Although not mentioned often in reviews of restaurants most of the time, I will say the drinks here are excellent but a bit on expensive side (par for top tier restaurants in area).

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. One of the best meals I have ever had!

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s
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has not disappointed us in the 10 years we have been dining here. Great wait staff, the selections of wines and cocktails makes it a special place for us to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or a date night.

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MN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at Fat Canary four times and each time was fantastic. I am from Wake Forest North Carolina and now dine at Fat Canary each time I visit Williamsburg. The food is wonderful and the service from the wait staff is the best.

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B
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, presentation were all outstanding. Cucumber cosmo was the best cocktail ever!

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fat Canary is a great choice for American dining. It features a small menu, but every item is prepared and cooked to perfection. To say the knowledge of the staff was impressive would be an understatement. Our waiter knew the menu as well as what was in each dish like the back of his hand. He was also very helpful in recommending wine to go with the chosen entrees.

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MH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit. My husband liked it better the second time. I liked it equally both times.
Service is the best in the city. Knowledgeable waiters, great restaurant.

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and our server, William was awesome! We were celebrating both my birthday and my best friends birthday and all the staff signed our special menu. When they brought out our desserts, they had a candle in it.

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